SOUTH Yorkshire Police has appointed Andy Holt as its deputy chief constable.

He has been with South Yorkshire Police since 2006, where he held the position of assistant chief constable for territorial operations.

Holt, a former chief superintendent with Greater Manchester Police, spent 20 years with the constabulary before heading to South Yorkshire.

Following the appointment, chief constable David Crompton said: “I am delighted that Andy Holt has been appointed as the new deputy chief constable of South Yorkshire Police. He is a vastly experienced officer with wide knowledge of the force and his skills and abilities are ideally suited to the challenges which lie ahead.”

Prior to joining the police service Andy Holt served as an officer in HM Royal Marines and saw active service in both Northern Ireland and the Falklands.